2019 Conference

The 19th Australian Conference on haemophilia, VWD & rare bleeding disorders will be held at the Novotel Manly, Sydney, 10-12 October 2019.

For more information and details, visit the 2019 Conference section on the HFA website.

2019 Conference logo
Our conferences bring together people with bleeding disorders and their families and carers, as well as health professionals, policy makers and industry.  It is a great opportunity to learn, discuss and plan for the future. 

Chaired by Dr Liane Khoo, Director, Royal prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, NSW,  the program committee is developing a multidisciplinary program which will interest everyone. We are soon to confirm some of our local and international speakers. 

The Conference theme is Challenging the Status Quo and it will cover a range of topics that are part of the discussion around this theme, such as:

  • New and emerging treatments
  • Approaches to care in the future
  • Von Willebrand disease and rarer bleeding disorders
  • Living with a bleeding disorder over the lifetime
  • Participating in clinical trials
  • Women and girls
The program will include presentations from people living with bleeding disorders as experts as well as health professionals and other specialist speakers 
Who should attend?
  • People with haemophilia, von Willebrand disease or other bleeding disorders and their families – parents, siblings, partners – all ages welcome from young adults to seniors!
  • Health professionals – doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychosocial workers and other health care providers
  • Treatment product producers, suppliers and service providers
  • Policy makers and government officials 
  • Haemophilia Foundation volunteers and staff
We are calling for abstracts. Abstracts may be accepted for a presentation in the main conference program or will be presented as a Poster in the Poster Exhibition. 
We encourage abstracts relevant to clinical practice and care, laboratory science, research, policy or living with bleeding disorders or treatment complications.   
See the 2019 Conference section on the HFA website for the abstract submission form and more information.  There will be prizes for the Best Abstract, and the Best Poster. 
The annual meetings of specialist health professionals’ groups will be held on Thursday 10 October 2019:
  • Australian Haemophilia Centre Directors’ Organisation
  • Australian Haemophilia Nurses Group
  • Australian Haemophilia Social Workers’ and Counsellors’ Group
  • Australian & New Zealand Physiotherapy Haemophilia Group
  • ABDR Data Managers Group. 
Welcome and Exhibition Opening
Join us on Thursday evening at the official opening of the exhibition and welcome to the Conference.  This is complimentary to all registered delegates.  
Youth activities will be organised throughout the Conference and the program will have sessions of interest to young people integrated throughout the program over the Friday and Saturday. Additional activities for young people will be organised and we will advise youth who have registered once the final program is confirmed. 
Remembrance Service 
A Remembrance Service is a very special time during our Conference to remember friends and family, and the people we have cared for in our community who have died. The service is non-religious and everyone is welcome. It will be held on Friday 11 October 2019 before the Conference Dinner. 
Conference Dinner 
Join us for a relaxed dinner with other delegates onsite on Friday 11 October 2019. 
The conference is an amazing opportunity for the Bleeding Disorders community to attend, participate, gather information and knowledge, meet others and connect.  To assist, HFA has allocated funding to assist community members with expenses to attend the Conference.  Haemophilia Foundations may also provide funding – contact your local foundation for more information.   
For details and an application form for HFA funding go to the 2019 Conference section on the HFA website or call HFA on 1800 807 173 for a form to be emailed or posted.

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